The article investigates audit reports in Italian local governments using the theoretical lens of standardization theory. By means of a content analysis on 90 audit reports for the financial year 2018, the effectiveness of a standardized audit model for the audit report is discussed. The findings reveal that standardization seems to lead to a rigid approach in producing the audit reports of local governments. The study offers insights into rethinking the audit regulatory space in public sector organizations.
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